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Published: 12 July 2012

424 Pages


ISBN: 9780199552917

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The Neurobiology of the Prefrontal Cortex

Anatomy, Evolution, and the Origin of Insight

Richard E. Passingham and Steven P. Wise

Oxford Psychology Series

  • Uses a comparative approach to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the prefrontal cortex and explains which parts are unique to primates
  • Uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand the function of the prefrontal cortex, including anatomy, cell recording, lesions, and imaging
  • Shows that the connections of the prefrontal cortex enable it to perform a function for which no other brain area is equipped
  • Advances a new proposal concerning that function and shows how that fundamental function has been elaborated in the human brain
  • Compares the proposal with others in the literature, and suggests what experiments would test it

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